Franco Baldini Reportedly Offered to Resign from Spurs Following AVB Sacking

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Andre Villas-Boas manager of Tottenham Hotspur (R) and Franco Baldini, Technical Director of Tottenham Hotspur   look on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on September 28, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Andre Villas-Boas nearly wasn't the only prominent member of Tottenham Hotspur's backroom staff to leave the club this week. The Telegraph is reporting that technical director Franco Baldini offered his resignation following the sacking of Villas-Boas.

According to Jason Burt:

Franco Baldini offered to resign on the same day that Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as the club's head coach.

The offer was immediately rejected by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has tasked Baldini with hiring Villas-Boas's replacement from a shortlist of candidates the Italian was asked to draw up this month.

Nick Sutton of The World at One posted a photo of Sunday's front page:

Villas-Boas' departure came after Tottenham's underwhelming start to the Premier League season. Despite the club spending over £100 million during the summer to make up for the loss of Gareth Bale, Spurs sit eighth in the table and have scored only 15 goals in 16 matches.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Roberto Soldado of Tottenham Hotspur kicks the advertising board in frustration during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013 in London, Engl
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While AVB unquestionably deserved some of the blame for Spurs' struggles, The Independent's Sam Wallace pointed out that most of those new arrivals were the result of Baldini's influence. Of the two, Villas-Boas was deemed the more expendable:

The call was made by chairman Daniel Levy following a meeting with Villas-Boas and the technical director Franco Baldini. It is Baldini who has overseen the investment of almost £110m in seven new players but the feeling within the club, as the team were crushed 5-0 at home by Liverpool was that change was needed - and the most obvious change was the manager.

There was also the report that Villas-Boas was overruled by both Baldini and Daniel Levy on four of the club's seven signings. According to The Independent's Jack de Menezes, Villas-Boas said the following when discussing the goings-on behind the scenes regarding the transfers: "I don't know if I can make that public."

This is often the criticism from the detractors of clubs having technical directors. They argue that managers alone should be responsible for transfers, because that way they will not be forced into accepting players they otherwise wouldn't purchase, which is apparently what happened at Tottenham.

Whether Spurs' next manager is Tim Sherwood or an outside hire, it would appear that he must learn to forge a strong relationship with Baldini or risk facing the same fate as Villas-Boas.